Whether you're new to the Jackson Hole area or have been living there your entire life, you're about to enter one of the most breathtakingly gorgeous seasons imaginable - autumn. As the summer weather begins to become a distant memory and the days get shorter, a stunning transformation takes place. The animals in the area begin to ready themselves for the cold winter months ahead, and Mother Nature dazzles us with fall foliage.
Just because the Mad River is now closed for the season doesn't mean there isn't a lot to do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Our guides are happy to share with you our knowledge of the region so that you can make the type of beautiful fall memories that will last a lifetime.
Peaking around late September, the trees begin to go through an elaborate progression from yellow to burnt gold, all before turning a deep red, and finally emptying their branches. The cottonwoods in particular ignite during this time, turning a vibrant yellow that needs to be seen to be believed. Jackson Hole is a photographer's paradise all year round, but fall's wild palate of colors make it a heaven for both amateur and professional photographers alike. You can also go on a wide range of hikes or tours that are all centered around the amazing fall foliage.
Every fall, visitors to the Jackson Hole area get to see one of nature's concerts up close and personal. The mating season of the elk begins in late September and is welcomed by the otherworldly calls of male elk looking for that special someone. Also referred to as bugling, this occurs from September through October. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are perfect spots to enjoy this phenomenon.
Every month in Jackson Hole offers unique fishing opportunities on the river, and fall is certainly no exception. Many people say that September and on through October are prime times for fly fishing in the area, as the river drops from its high summer peaks, down to the level it will remain at for much of the season. During this period of time, the fish become concentrated in a few core areas making it a fly fishing enthusiast's dream.
If you think that cinema is only limited to the latest Hollywood blockbuster, think again. The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival takes place from September 26 to October 3rd. The film festival allows you to see the bold work of over 600 media professionals, including filmmakers, writers, scientists and more. It's a great way to witness the joys of wildlife in all its glories, captured on film for all time.
Regardless of the time of year you're in the area, Jackson Hole has a lot to offer nearly every type of person. If you happen to be visiting during fall (or are lucky enough to live there all year round), you'll get to enjoy the types of sights and sounds that you just won't be able to find anywhere else.